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How to enable Indic Language Support at OS level?

 

For Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 7 Operating Systems.

 

Enabling Indic support on Windows 98

 

If your Operating system is Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, then to get the support for Punjabi UNICODE font the following steps need to be performed:

 

Step 1: Download and Install the Internet Explorer version 6.0 from Microsoft website.

 

Step 2: Download the Punjabi UNICODE font and save it into the fonts folder inside the Windows folder. (It is recommended that you restart the system for registering the font properly)

 

Note: Unzip the zip file.

 

Step 3: Download the Latest Dll file for UNICODE support. Save the downloaded .exe file - double click on the file - give a temporary folder address - the program will extract a few files into the folder - of these 'usp.zip' is the one you will need - leave the other files as it is.

 

unzip usp.zip using Winzip program- it will give two files viz: usp10.dll and readme.txt and save usp10.dll into the Internet Explorer folder (where iexplore.exe resides) inside the Program Files Folder (For Example: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer)

 

Note: 1: Make sure that no instance of Internet Explorer (browser) is running.

         2: Unzip the zip file.

 

Enabling Indic support on Windows XP

 

1st Step: Enable Indic Functionality in the OS

 

Go to Start => Control Panel => Date, Time, Language and Regional Options.

Click on Regional and Language Options.

 

Click on the Languages tab. Under the heading 'Supplemental language support' check the  item 'Install files for Complex Script and right-to-left languages (including Thai)'.

 

Allow the OS to install necessary files from Windows XP disc.

 

2nd Step: What to Select as User Locale, Location and System Locale?

 

Click on the 'Regional Options' tab to set User Locale and Location.

 

Under the heading 'Standards and format' select Hindi or any other language as your User Locale from the drop-down box. This selection will determine settings for numbers, currencies, times and dates as well as sorting rules for the language. Under the heading 'Location', select a country where you are physically located such as India.

 

3rd Step: Setting-up the Indian Language Keyboards or Input Locales

 

In Regional and Language Options panel, click on the Languages Tab.

 

Once Languages tab is selected click on the 'Details' tab to install different input locales or Keyboards. Click on the 'Add' button to add a keyboard for a particular language. In the drop-down box select Hindi or Marathi as the Input Language. A corresponding keyboard layout/IME will be automatically selected.Click OK to close the dialog boxes.

 

Enabling Indic support on Windows 2000

 

1st Step: Enable Indic Functionality in the OS.

 

Go to Start -> Settings -> Regional Options -> General (Tab) In the Language Settings for the System, enable Indic. Copy necessary files from the Windows 2000 disc.

 

Reboot the computer after files have been copied.

 

2nd Step: What to Select as User Locale and System Locale?

 

User Locale: Once Indic language support has been enabled in the OS, we can select any one of the available Indic languages as User Locale. For example we can select Hindi as the User Locale.

 

User Locale in turns determines the various settings/formats for numbers, currencies, date, and time. However it is not necessary to select an Indic language as User Locale. Instead, we can select English (US) as the User Locale, if the situation demands.

System Locale:

 

This Setting is invoked by clicking on the Set Default command button at the bottom of the Regional Options. By design, no Indian language can be selected as the System Locale. English (US) or (UK) is the best choice in any situation.

 

3rd Step: Setting-up the Indian Language Keyboards or Input Locales

 

In the 2nd step if you select an Indic language as User Locale, Windows will automatically add a keyboard for that language.Otherwise to add a keyboard for a particular language,

 

Select the Input Locales tab.

 

Click on the Add button located under Input Language display Box. This will take you to Add Input Locale dialog Box as shown below.

 

Select desired language in the Input Locale drop-down box.

 

Enabling Indic support on Windows 7


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